Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop


Hello all! I’m so happy to have you here as you hop along with some of Kelly’s very many stamping friends to celebrate her birthday. It’s so very Kelly-esque to be marking her birthday by bringing together a whole heap of people to share their creations. And after all, “nothing says Happy Birthday like a piece of paper folded in half”, right?


This post contains a couple of confessions. Nothing obvious like giving up my age (because it’s the same as Kelly’s, we’ve been friends since school, so I’m not dumping her in it). But a papercraft confession that may shock you all.

I don’t like fancy fold cards.

There. I said it. No personal vendetta or particular reason, they’ve just never done it for me. Seem like too much bother for not much gain.


But then, a curious thing happened a few weeks ago. I thought I should do something a bit fancier than the usual plain old ordinary card for Kelly’s birthday (I went a bit radical last year, as well) so decided to give a fancy fold a go.


And now I’m hooked. I confess I’m eating my words. Turns out I love me a fancy fold. It’s so much fun and a great way to showcase DSP, like this beautiful Petal Passions paper from the Occasions Catalogue.


In fact, this whole suite is just gorgeous and I have thoroughly enjoyed using it all. I’m thrilled that the stamp set and dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue, but will sure miss this paper. I’m torn between using it all up and hoarding it for some future critical time #paperaddictproblems.


I have no problem sacrificing some of it on the altar of Kelly’s birthday, though. Since my fancy fold card measures 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ I made a custom envelope for it with a sheet of DSP as well.


Another favourite from the Occasions catalogue is the Birthday Wit stamp set from which this fun sentiment comes from. No one is going to find that as amusing as a fellow card maker. This set is unfortunately not being carried over but is one of those sets that I won’t be retiring from my personal use any time soon.

So Happy Birthday to my beautiful, creative, generous friend Kelly. You haven’t aged a bit in the 20 years I’ve known you, just grown wiser.

Keep the virtual party going by hopping on over to Jenny Hayward to see what she has created for this special event. If you’re starting with me then make sure you keep following the links all the way back to here so you can get your maximum dose of inspiration.




From High Trees House,


Kelly is spoiling us with not one but two blog hops for her birthday. Check out all the inspirational birthday papercraft by hopping along with both groups of fabulous crafters.

Participant List (A)


Participant List (B)


20 thoughts on “Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop

  1. Monique says:

    Such a beautiful project Siobhan, I wouldn’t have thought to put the sentiment set with the Petal Passion products but it works really well.


  2. Jackie Aitken says:

    You just about lost me at “don’t like fancy folds” LOL. You did such a fabulous job, Siobhan. A great fold and stunningly decorated. I love the way you have been able to showcase so much of this DSP on one fab creation.


  3. Kelly Kent says:

    Look at you getting all fancy – and with your special DSP too. Nothing says happy birthday like the effort of a fancy fold! Thanks for sharing in my birthday celebrations! Kelly x


  4. Julia Quinn says:

    This is a totally fabulous fold, and shown off to perfection with this DSP – Love love love it! I love the colours you’ve chosen too for a little extra pop and excitement! Great card.


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